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Active - Campaign Representative for Just Transition
Location Washington, DC
Job Code 65-2021
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Job Title: Campaign Representative for Just Transition

Department: Conservation

Reports To: Director of Sierra Club’s Labor Program

Location: Washington, DC office

Salary: $65,500 non-negotiable

Context: At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of togetherness. Together, we remain committed to the fight for a healthy climate built on a foundation of environmental, racial, economic, and gender justice – a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature. As the climate crisis and deeply entrenched systemic racism all fuel inequity, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our democracy. By recognizing that our destinies are tied, we continue to name that all things are fundamentally connected, and the overlap between ecology, race, gender, and representative government will move to either advance our collective humanity or to oppress it. 

Sierra Club is comprised of staff across the country and a network of local chapters that support our grassroots engagement. We are also proud to be a unionized employer, with two labor unions representing more than half of our employees.

Scope:  Works with appropriate staff to create and implement Just Transition strategies, goals and objectives of the Sierra Club's Healthy Communities and Labor Program.  The Campaign Representative Just Transition works within Healthy Communities, Labor Program and International EJ Program.  This position will sometimes work  with other campaigns,  national and regional staff, communications, as well as chapter staff to design both national and localized Just Transition strategies. The Campaign Representative will work to constructively engage the labor community to help ensure that the transition to an equitable clean energy economy and phase out of coal creates sustainable union jobs and strengthens communities of color and local economies. 

The Campaign Representative for Just Transition works with other campaigns, as well as chapter staff and to design both national and localized strategies and campaigns to constructively engage Sierra Club and the labor community. The goal is to help ensure that the transition to a clean energy economy and phase out of fossil fuels  is racially just and creates sustainable family supporting union jobs and strengthens local economies and communities. Achieving this goal is essential to rapidly advance the adoption of 100% Clean Energy in an equitable and just way.  Works with appropriate staff to integrate the goals and objectives of the Sierra Club's Labor Program and Healthy Communities Campaign.  

                       

Job activities include but are not limited to:

  1. Develops and conducts programs, initiatives and campaigns in coordination with the Healthy Communities, Labor Program and International EJ Program and potentially other campaigns. Works with national staff and, as well as regional and chapter staff to develop models and strategies around Just Transition.
  2. Develops relationships with national and local allies and stakeholders within the labor and environmental justice communities, and seeks to advance these relationships along a continuum towards coordinated joint action on Just Transition.
  3. Researches and identifies successful Just Transition models that can be developed into educational modules. This may include the writing, editing and distribution of fact sheets, newsletters, political and educational materials.  It may also include the writing, editing and reviewing of articles for transition-related publications.
  4. Coordinates all activities with the  Labor Director and staff from the relevant campaign/s ensuring collaboration, consistent messaging, and alignment of strategy with the campaign/s and Labor Program goals on Just Transition.
  5. Supports and provides professional expertise to staff. Organize regular Sierra Club wide conversations around racial and economic Just Transition in order to improve the understanding and application of Just Transition principles throughout national and chapter work..
  6. Represents the Sierra Club to the general public, media or to outside officials. Conducts media outreach activities related to the campaign/program, including developing media outreach plans, serving as Sierra Club spokesperson to media outlets.
  7. Develops relationships with elected public officials and their staff.  Develops and conducts lobby campaigns associated with the Labor Program and Healthy Communities Campaign.
  8. Collect and share various success stories, tactics and strategies for Just Transition from Sierra Club organizers, and create an incubator for learning to improve our external work helping workers.
  9. Performs miscellaneous duties as directed.

Seasonal Activities: Heavier seasonal workloads may occur as a result of project deadlines, staff absences and vacancies, and during peak activity periods.

 

The successful candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • Political Science, Environmental Studies or a closely related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 3 years organizing experience in  progressive politics, which includes experience working with labor unions and worker centers, developing, planning and executing a local and national level campaigns, including field organizing, some lobbying, media, and work with senior level political leaders and or staff.
  • Excellent knowledge and background in economic development, including issue specific areas such as community development, community empowerment,  community benefit agreements and community organizing.
  • Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills.  Demonstrated public speaking and media presentation ability.
  • Equity knowledge and experience. You are aware of your group identities and how they have shaped your life and experiences at work. You are knowledgeable about racism and other forms of injustice in society and how they impact the environmental movement. You have a strong analysis of why justice and equity are essential to environmental progress. You bring experience and skills for working effectively with colleagues across race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and other group identities.

 

This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Sierra Club and Progressive Workers Union.

The Sierra Club offers a competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.

This is a category 4 exempt, represented position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee’s manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition.

The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.

 

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